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49ers' Nick Bosa wins 2019 Defensive Rookie of the Year at NFL Honors

49ers' Nick Bosa wins 2019 Defensive Rookie of the Year at NFL Honors

MIAMI, Fla. -- 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa was named 2019 Defensive Rookie of the Year at the NFL Honors award show Saturday night,  

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft has been accumulating a bevy awards after putting up an impressive rookie season, which included nine sacks, 25 quarterback hits, one interception, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. 

Bosa’s performance was recognized throughout the season, garnering him two nods as Defensive Player of Week (Weeks 5 and 8) and the NFC Defensive Player of the Month in October. 

Bosa’s speed, power and technique has been recognized across the league as very polished for a rookie. He has been a significant element in the transformation of the 49ers' defense that struggled notably in 2018. 

The rookie from Ohio State believes that he isn’t close to reaching his ceiling after only one season in the league. Known as a student of the game by his teammates, Bosa plans on only getting better.

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“I think there’s a lot more,” Bosa said on Thursday. “I think I’ve improved a lot this year and if I can make the same improvements I’ve made from my junior season at Ohio State to now, if I could repeat that next year, then yeah, there’s going to be some pretty big improvements.” 

It sounds like this is just the start of what could be a very accomplished career for the 49ers' first-round draft pick.

Colts' DeForest Buckner, Sheldon Day driven by 49ers' Super Bowl loss

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Colts' DeForest Buckner, Sheldon Day driven by 49ers' Super Bowl loss

Sheldon Day and DeForest Buckner will be teammates on a new team next season, driven by the last loss with their old one.

The defensive linemen joined the Indianapolis Colts this offseason via free agency and trade, respectively, after playing together for the 49ers since midway through the 2017 season. Day and Buckner's final games with San Francisco were in the 49ers' 31-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV, and Day said the pair has additional motivation after not lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy last season.

"It was right there in our hands, and all we had to do was squeeze it and grab it (in Super Bowl LIV), and we let up," Day told reporters on his introductory conference call last week (via Colts.com). "So ultimately we have a chip on our shoulders and we know how to get there, and now we know what to do to overcome that shortcoming that we had."

Buckner sacked eventual Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes 1.5 times in the game, accounting for three of the 49ers' nine QB hits. Day, meanwhile, played a little over half of San Francisco's 76 defensive snaps and picked up a tackle.

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The Indianapolis native played in a career-high 16 games with the 49ers during the 2019 regular season, and Day started each of San Francisco's playoff games. Day credited his growth to playing with Buckner, and he's going to continue picking his brain while they're still teammates.

"DeForest (has) made me detail my game," Day said. "So we would be working on pass-rush moves, bouncing ideas off of each other, just trying to make sure that our game grew together, and we're always giving each other tips. If I see something on film [I'm reaching] out to him, and vice versa. So, man, what a special guy he is."

All the while, the 49ers' Super Bowl LIV won't be far from either player's mind.

George Kittle jokingly offers up Richard Sherman's phone number online

George Kittle jokingly offers up Richard Sherman's phone number online

Professional athletes notoriously keep an extremely safe guard over their personal cell phone numbers.

With good reason, as their devices likely never would stop ringing if the number was publicly available.

49ers cornerback Richard Sherman turned 32 years old on Monday, and his fellow all-pro and teammate George Kittle offered him an interesting present via social media.

Obviously this is all in good fun, as Kittle always has been known for ribbing his teammates.

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Sherman has 114 career passes defenses, but he’d have to swat away a lot more phone calls if Kittle were to blast out his digits.